I am trying to find a better way to remove C3 bodies from the frame. I have used the straps, but I always have trouble with balance, grip and minor damage.
Does anyone have any ideas or know of better ways.
I was at the Corvette Museum in Bowling Green yesterday and the they had a C3 off the frame with the lifts under the wheel wells, but I think this was just factory equipment/tools.
Am glad you asked the question. How high must you lift the body to clear the gas tank with the tires on?
I did it with 5 guys, planned on 6 but......well you know. It was a bit of a reach to get over the fuel tank but no damage. The whole event was no more than 10 minutes. I think with 6 normal strength, normal height guys, no problems.
I need to get it 3.5 to 4ft off the ground. I have 14ft ceiling, so that shouldn't be a problem.
I may have to find an engineer that may be able to help me with this.
I have several C3s, about 18, in different stages of repair and restore and I want to have a jig attached to the ceiling, or free standing, that I can get the car under, lift the body off the frame, restore or repair it and then put it back.
This is not a business, just a hobby.
I did like the jack stands, but, I would like something that lifts the entire body at one time.
Roger, that jig, or rig, looks like it would do the job - did you build it?
If anyone has any plans, I would appreciate any help with this.
I used 4 cheap bottle jacks, about 12 -6inch tall landscaping blocks, 4pcs- 6 x 6 inch 1.5 inch think lumber and 4 pcs- 6 x 6 inch 3/4 inch lumber, and castors under the wheels so I can make minor adjustments in order to get the body bolts in.
I placed 2 of the jacks under the foot wells just behind the firewall and 2 under the seat area just in front of the vertical support behind the seats. Work your way slowly and evenly up. Once your high enough you can build a wooden support under the body and above the chassis. Then you slide the chassis out from under it!
Going back on I supported it with the jacks, cut the wooden support out and slowly went back on.
Articshark, I didn't see that coming.
Wombvette, that is exactly what I am looking for. I have made lifting jigs before with 2 in steel tubes, 2 X 4s and chains, straps, but, I really wanted something stationary like this so I could just lift and go. I will use the ad above to start with.
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